Schools Are Doing It. The issue of diversity in independent schools is often framed in terms of ethnicity. And that's important. But it can also lead to a bean-counting approach that ignores the larger discussion — issues of class and income that permeate our schools. This issue of Independent School looks at those issues. (Winter 2006 — The Class Debate NAIS Independent School Magazine)
When young children begin to recognize likenesses and differences, they often focus on differences and not the underlying sameness in people or objects. They sometimes think that being different means there is something wrong with them. Adults can help children see that there are human qualities that make all of us alike in many ways, even though we come in different shapes, sizes, colors and from different backgrounds. -- Fred Rogers
Your Thoughts. How can adults help children “see that there are human qualities that make all of us alike in many ways, even though we come in different shapes, sizes, colors and from different backgrounds?”
It’s time for inventing new forms of learning. It’s time for addressing the entire learning environment in new ways. This is the only way in which we can get true diversity in the work place and in life. --Seymour Papert
Your Thoughts. Will “new learning” methods help with diversity? Has the digital revolution played in schools helped?
If you’ve had several children, or, like me, recently gone through the experience of being a grandparent--it’s wonderful how each one of them is different, does things in different ways, thinks differently. And then we’re going to channel them into a school that homogenizes them? And then we’re going to worry afterwards about how to free them from that homogenization and make them diverse again? It’s backwards. It’s the wrong approach. --Seymour Papert
Online Activities For All Learners Of Diversity
Diversity Activities and IceBreakers http://www.nwlink.com/~donclark/leader/diverse2.html
A Word About Differences http://www.mcgruff.org/Grownups/differences.htm
Books With Classroom Activities On Diversity By Dr. Deborah ByrnesBy David Shiman
Dream by Susan Bosak http://www.tcpnow.com/books/dream.html http://www.tcpnow.com/books/dream.html
How To Be A Perfect Stranger http://www.conexuspress.com/catalog/how_perfect_st ranger_2vol.htm Edited by Arthur J. Magida & Stuart M. Matlins http://www.conexuspress.com/catalog/how_perfect_st ranger_2vol.htm
White Teachers / Diverse Classrooms by Julie Landsman and Chance Lewis
Intercultural E-mail Classroom Connections IECC is a free service to help teachers link with partners in other cultures and countries for email classroom pen-pal and other project exchanges.